14 Things you should have in your kitchen

Very simple guide list for people who enjoy their food, just like me! These are things I always keep in kitchen and make my life much, much easier when I am hungry.

 

Oils

Virgin Olive oil is very healthy and plus it’s tasty to use with salads and bread. Be careful, olive oil is not meant to be fried and when it’s heated, it’s extremely toxic. Olive oil is my absolute fave when it comes to salads or pasta.

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Sunflower oil is my number one oil, when it comes to baking and frying. On the side that doesn’t have a strong flavor, sunflower oil is on top of the list for healthiest cooking oils. Nothing tastes better than French fries fried in this oil. Yum!

Potatoes

This delicious vegetable gives us mashed potato, casserole, Shepard’s pie, French fries (and vodka), what other reason I should give you to have this item as a MUST in your kitchen? It is easy to prepare, no matter if baked, fried or boiled. Get your things in order, every other vegetable!

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Tuna

If you are a fish lover, cans of tuna is something you should keep in your kitchen because it can come handy when you are hungry and need something that is fast. Is it tuna mixed with mayo and scallion, or over pasta with some cheese or sour cream, you can’t go wrong with it. I can’t think of anything lighter and faster to eat in warm summer days.

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Eggs

Here is a fact: eggs are delicious. You can add them to any dish, sandwich, and let’s not forget, ice cream. Hard boiled eggs is something I try to keep in my fridge with some fresh ones. If you are in a rush in the morning, scrambled eggs are way to go. If you want to be creative, add some peppers, cheese, spinach or ham, you have delicious omelet.

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Beat one egg, add 1 ½ cup of flour, 1 tbs. baking powder, bit of sugar and salt, 1 ¼  cup of milk and 3 tbs. of butter and you just made pancakes.

And then, there is brunch eggs. We can’t argue that.

Bananas

Fun fact: Bananas are the only fruit that contains the amino acid tryptophan plus vitamin B6. They help your body produce serotonin – a natural substance that alleviates depression. Bananas also don’t have fat, cholesterol and sodium. By eating bananas, our body is getting protein, which is very important for our muscles, especially if exercising.

Greek yogurt or whole milk, banana, strawberries and a splash of orange juice is a real blessing to our body. List of things you can make with bananas is a mile long. If in need for something fast, sweet and healthy, just mix 2 eggs and one banana, and make pancakes. You can add absolutely anything from vanilla extract, chopped nuts, chocolate chips to fresh fruits and jam. It is great to snack on or have it for breakfast, even after workout. My favorite snack is banana cut on half, dipped in Nutella and chopped nuts for nice afternoon snack.

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Tomatoes

This vegetable can be found in pasta sauces, casseroles, sandwiches and pizza. Is it fresh or in a can, it always comes handy to have it for some pasta Puttanesca when guests come over unexpectedly or just for a simple sandwich with lettuce and mayo on top. Usually, when one or two tomatoes left or opened can, I like to add chopped onion, cook for few minutes in water and oil, add sour cream, prosciutto, and spices and if possible mushrooms, and there you have it, homemade pasta sauce. My family loves when we have some leftovers of tomatoes because that means pasta time.

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Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one thing you can eat in the morning, afternoon or late night and no one can judge you for doing it. They are great, cheap and healthy. If you are in a rush in the morning, or just want something before going to bed, oatmeal is a great food to have in your kitchen and menu. Chopped strawberries, walnuts, sprinkled with brown sugar is just a must for my summer breakfast.

 

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Flour

For pretty basic powder, flour gives you a lot of choices, actually. Definitely what I would recommend is all- purpose flour because gives you so many options. Is it to make a dough, thicken any liquid or sauce or just as coating for fried food, flour helps you with all this. In my kitchen it’s mostly used to make sour dough from scratch.

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Whole Milk

Yes, whole milk. I know we are always trying to eat healthy, be careful with calories and fats but whole milk is something you should ALWAYS drink before any other low – fat, fat – free or reduced fat milk.

And I will give you a valid reason, don’t worry. Fat in milk is healthy. Let us just think rationally. Processed food is not good. So why is fat free milk good? It’s not. Milk fat contains vitamins A and D, and it reduces chances for our body to crave for donuts or fried food if we drink a glass of whole milk in the morning. And on top of every other health fact, whole milk tastes better than any other processed, fat reduced milk. So next time when in supermarket, grab whole milk and enjoy a glass during breakfast, in your cereal or in coffee.

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Sour cream or yogurt

Since we are talking about dairy, one more addition to your fridge should be sour cream or yogurt. It is really hard to find whole milk yogurt but low-fat ones are not bad if they contain fruit or chocolate inside. It is a good addition to pastas, sandwiches, cold salads, smoothies and cereals. Other good thing about this delicious products is that goes with every season and temperature.

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Chicken

If you are a meat lover, then chicken should be your choice for freezer. It defrosts really fast, gets prepared in just few minutes and it is super tasty. Chicken meat is rich with protein, which is good for muscles and it’s not rich with calories. Grilled, sautéed, fried, baked, wings, chicken breasts, the list doesn’t stop for deliciousness.

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Nuts

Except the fact that this is how my husband calls me, nuts are something we always have in our home. Full with fiber, healthy fats, minerals and vitamins, nuts are great to mix with your breakfast, smoothie or eat them plain. If you mix nuts in honey, you get healthy snack and good aphrodisiac J.

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Rice

Simple, good and fast. Addition to meat, vegetable, or dessert, rice is always one of the first jars on my kitchen shelf. Grab frozen veggies, microwave, prepare rice and that’s one idea for lunch. Top it with chicken, steak or corn, or simply cook it in milk, add sugar, cinnamon or chocolate, and dessert is ready.

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Frozen fruits and vegetables

In my first post, I wrote how I prefer to buy fresh fruits and veggies, rather than mixed bags in supermarket simply because I see what goes in and that there is no preservative added. Carrots, corn, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, bananas, mangos, raspberries is something you can find in my freezer, especially during winter. In fall, I start buying fresh ones and bagging for freezer. On days when feeling lazy to cook, just grab one bag of mixed veggies, ground beef and mashed potatoes, in 20 minutes Shepherd’s Pie is ready. Take a bag of your favorite mix of fruits, blend it with yogurt or milk and there is one healthy smoothie. Let it defrost, add milk and yogurt, mix it for few minutes with electric mixer, and there you have fruit cream for pancakes, waffles or crepes. Or put it back in freezer, in 2 hours you have natural ice cream. Possibilities are endless.

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3 Trends Every Fashionista Should Know

In the end of the year, we can always sum up what was good fashion trend and what was a complete disaster. 2015 was major in makeup and hairstyle fields, so these 3 trends are definitely going to stay in 2016.

Brows
Makeup world was never the same, after Cara Delevingne presented her eyebrows to the wide world. From early 2000’s thin eyebrows to 2016’s bold and boyish, eyebrows are big part of our style and makeup.
Is it just me or bold eyebrows are bigger hit than black eyeliner and Lady Gaga’s hair bow?
From girls competing who drew them better, to makeup artists and producers competing who did it better, shaping your eyebrows became art for itself.
However you like your eyebrows, thin or full, be careful not to over-do them, because fake look is never in style.

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Lipsticks
2015 was definitely a year of lipsticks. From nude, red, brown, blue to black colors, lipsticks became a must in daily makeup. Even the biggest celebrities experimented with colors. Lipstick world changed after Jeffree Star launched his Velour Liquid Lipstick collection that is vegan, cruelty free, and rich with colors. After him, Kylie Jenner lips were definitely biggest conversation starter between makeup addicts. She even made her own collection of signature colors. Are her lips too much, is question that is raised usually when Kylie shows up. Makeup can look great even if it goes over lip lines, as long as it is applied well and not visibly fake.
If wearing statement lipstick is your thing, then you should consider having some colors like, brown, purple, red and black.

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The Lob
This hairstyle was launched by Kardashian sisters in 2015 and it got huge attention worldwide. Except the fact it’s stylish, it’s also low maintenance and if your hair is naturally curly or wavy, you don’t need to do anything special to make it look like you just got of red carpet. The best part is, even if messy, it can be very classy or just casual.

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Whatever you decide your look will be, always keep one thing on mind: Fake look is so 2000s.

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Cucumber and Ham Spread

Question of all questions: What to eat today?

If it’s too heavy and greasy, I’ll feel sick later and hate myself probably after all that delicious grease, if it’s “healthy” it’s not really tasty. Luckily, with right ingredients it can be all: tasty, healthy and light. One of my favorite things to snack on during that mid time between lunch and dinner, where I get cravings for most ridiculous things is

Cucumber and Ham Spread

Making these delicious spread is the easiest thing and don’t need to be an expert in the kitchen. Just follow these steps.

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Ingredients:
1 medium cucumber,
Peeled and fine grated 1 small onion,
8 oz. pkg. softened cream cheese or sour cream
3 tbsp. real mayonnaise
¼ lb of your favorite ham – grated (I use Black Forest Ham)
Salt and pepper to taste
Few slices of your favorite bread.

Directions:
Before mixing anything, make sure all the juice is removed from the cucumber and onion after you have grated them since both veggies are full of juice when grated. You can easily squeeze it with a paper towel or putting in a mug and squeezing it with hand.
In a medium bowl using electric mixer, whip the cream cheese or sour cream until it’s fluffy. Add the cucumber, onion, ham and mayonnaise. Taste the cucumber mixture and add salt and pepper as needed. Stir well with a spoon to combine. Spread the mixture on warmed up bread. Top each sandwich with another bread slice. Cut each sandwich into four pieces. If you take the crust out, grab cookie cutter and make your own shape with these delicious sandwiches.
Enjoy!

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Easy steps to improve your life in busy schedule

In today’s world, with so many options to choose from, you should live however you want to. If you are not quite sure where to start, I’m here to help. Running between job and school I just don’t have time for full time gym, crazy night outs and well, sleep. Here is my secret.

Organize 
Did it happen to you to look at the mirror and say: “How did I get to be such a mess“? Don’t worry, you are not the only one. Running on a busy schedule can be challenging when it comes to fixing yourself up. Most of the days I barely had time for breakfast until I made a ‘’home schedule’’ to follow my ‘’work schedule’’. The results were amazing.
Organizing is the key. Is it your closet, makeup basket, laundry, bed? I find out our mind works better in a clean and neat environment than in a messy one. Unorganized space makes your brain confused and trust me, that space is reflecting on your brain. My mom used to say: ‘’Messy room, messy mind’’. Turns out, she was right.So let’s go back to our schedule.Pick a day when you can clean your living space. Organize your desk, do laundry, clean the bathroom. It’s a boring job but hey, someone needs to do it. My cleaning day is Sunday and I feel awesome when I get up on Monday, pick outfit without searching for bra first 15 minutes. My makeup basket is in line, chairs are empty and there is no dust. Aaaah, feels fresh.

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Healthy body                                                                                                                                                                Do grocery shopping online. No, you don’t need to buy only junk food, and yes, you can find healthy organic online grocery shopping. Depending on area you live in, you might have local farms delivering to your door or even at your job. I am kind of a person that gets excited to go shopping even for bread and milk and can spend 5 hours walking around to buy things I really don’t need and in the end if not for the money, it’s really a waste of time. Online shopping is helping me save time and money. I make a list of things I really need, put them in my shopping cart and check out. Done.
Don’t forget: lot of local farms are delivering these days. Being an organic freak (no, seriously that is my nickname), I make one monthly order to fill up my freezer with fresh milk, meats and vegetables. Always find it better and sort of healthier if you buy fresh vegetables, cut it yourself and freeze it. That’s how you avoid preservatives and bad quality of processed food.
Pick a day when you can cook. Ok, I do this usually on the same day as cleaning the house, since the mess I make is equal to a bomb explosion. Seriously. I think throughout the week what should I cook and that’s how I make my shopping list (see, schedule works already). On Sunday, I make sure all meats are defrosted and start making meals for the following week. I find this better than take-out food that I would usually eat at work or when I get home late at night exhausted to even lift a spoon. It saves you time, money and you know what you are eating. It’s a win-win. Continue reading

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